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As we plan for the 12th annual Laurel Park Turkey Day Charity 5K/Fun Run, things will look a little different this year. We will have our traditional live events Thanksgiving Day morning, but with waves of 50 participants and staggered starts to adhere to social distancing guidelines. We also have a virtual event where you can run the course at your convenience, get your cool swag, and submit your time to be included in the final race results. See below for a complete list of the Covid-19 precautions we are taking to make this year's event safe and fun!
Registration and Race Details
Register by November 9 to be guaranteed a shirt!
In-person registration will be available at the Laurel Park clubhouse on Nov. 25 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Entry fee will increase by $5 for all age groups. There will be no same day registration.
We are using color groups to socially distance the runners in the 5K event. When you register, you'll need to pick a wave-color group. Each group will be capped at 50 participants, and the groups will start approximately 3 minutes apart. To make the race more fun (if that's even possible), we encourage you to dress/accessorize in support of your color group - boas, hats, socks, tutus, sunglasses, sweatbands, etc. You get the idea.
This event will not be timed. You can time yourself and submit your time via the Race Results form. Virtual participants can submit their times as well. Results will be posted on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Packet pickup: Laurel Park clubhouse Nov. 25 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm or Nov. 26 from 8:00 – 8:30 am
Strollers and leashed dogs welcome.
Course Maps Note: The race will start and finish by the tennis courts on Georgetown Dr.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to The Junior Charity League of Concord.
We will be collecting canned goods for the Cooperative Christian Ministry food pantry. Current needs include:
We will make every effort to conduct this race in accordance with CDC, state, and local guidelines.
CDC Guidelines on how to protect yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
We will rely on each runner to conduct themselves with best practices during the global pandemic, including practical physical distancing, avoiding handshakes and high-fives, and wearing facemasks, etc. Racers will not be expected to wear masks during the race, but need to wear masks prior to and after they complete their event.
Our volunteers will wear facemasks and those working food area and water stations will also wear gloves. Additionally, volunteers will be wearing masks at registration, and any time we expect brief interactions closer than 6 feet apart.
Racers will line up the starting line 6 feet approximately apart in waves based on registration.
Please consider bringing your own water (BYOW) this year. We will have one water station on the course. Water will be poured into cups by masked and gloved volunteers for the participants to pick up off the table.
Everyone has been through a lot this year with the pandemic. We believe it is time to get outdoors and "be together"… but we also believe that we must do it safely. We are expecting everyone to abide by best practices with us. We know that there are lots of differing views but if you are joining us for this race, please graciously respect the safety and views of everyone around you, and let’s have a great race.
If there are more updates, we will update you via email.
There are NO refunds of registration fees. This event will occur rain or shine, warm or cold. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds, rather, your entry fee will be used as a donation to The Junior Charity League. You will also be able to pick up your race packets.
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